Original Research - Special Collection: Missiology, Religion Studies and Spirituality

Talk of time

Johann-Albrecht Meylahn
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2824 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2824 | © 2015 Johann-Albrecht Meylahn | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 September 2014 | Published: 17 June 2015

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Johann-Albrecht Meylahn, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Maybe, before we speak of time, or maybe whilst we are speaking of time, or maybe after we have spoken of time, in the various modes of time’s insistence to exist, one should give time to the talk of time. There are various different modes of time’s insistence to exist, such as quantum physics in conversation with relativity theory where time is constructed as a fourth dimension of space. Or there are the modes of time in history, religion, psychology and philosophy, and each of these modes is composed, and composes its own specific object called time, and a particular subject who understands and interprets time in that particular mode. Yet, before, whilst or after these modes of time’s insistence to exist, one should maybe give time to time’s time. Give time for the various times to articulate themselves in the various modes of existence, thereby creating both a whole plurality of differing subjects, as well as plurality of differing objects, all called ‘time’. Once time has been given time to talk its talk, to articulate itself within the various modes, it will be interrupted by the articulations of time in various modes of time still to come. These disruptions of time by time always still to come opens the door for a theological narrative – a narrative on time, but created by the coming of messianic times, interpreted in the mode of hope but also in the mode of a promise from the past.

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Time; Messianic; Narrative; Modes of existence

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